CCIS NEWS - February Slovenia Business Link Newsletter

February 2020

CCIS NEWS

Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan 4.1 disappointed: Ambitious goals, unrealistic ways to achieve them

Even before the end of the public debate, the CCIS sent its viewpoint and proposals on the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan to the competent institutions. In its viewpoint, the CCIS stated, among other things, that the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan 4.1 disappointed. The goals are ambitious, but the ways to achieve them are unrealistic, too expensive, and consequently, they will cause too much damage to people and the economy. The current version of the Plan does not help Slovenia to become autonomous and independent, but it is making the country dependent on foreign technology, knowledge and energy. Instead of a stable, predictable and competitive business environment, it offers energy poverty to the citizens and weakening of the industry’s competitiveness.

The business sector needs a functioning government with full authority!
An appeal to the politicians for state-building

The CCIS and the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia appealed to the politicians to contribute to state-building for the benefit of Slovenian citizens and the economy, which ensures the rising of the living standards in Slovenia. They called for a quick formation of a new government with a clear political mandate that would seriously address the most important structural issues, and at the same time, would be able to reconcile the interests of different groups as well as ensure the sustainability of public finances. 

The 20th anniversary of Excellent Bakery Products: An agreement on strengthening the cooperation in the field of HR development in the baking industry was signed

The Bakery division that is operating under the CCIS - Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises and the key educational bodies signed a special agreement on strengthening the cooperation in the field of HR development in the baking industry. The Agreement was signed on 13 February, which was the 20th anniversary of the Excellent Bakery Products - the first and only national quality assessment of bread and other baked goods. In its 20 years, 1566 certificates were awarded and in 2020 a record 225 products from Slovenian bakeries took part in the competition.

A comprehensive and systemic regulation of long-term care is necessary

On 12 February, a conference on long-term care was held. Its participants called for an urgent systemic regulation that would efficiently and quality-wise join a health system and a social system into a new social right. At the conference “How to organise quality and affordable long-term care”, which was organised by the European Commission representation office in Slovenia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the majority of the participants highlighted the fact that the long-term care system should primarily ensure immediate treatments or minimal waiting periods. It should focus on ensuring the services in the home environment.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

4 March: HR conference What kind of personnel and competences the economy needs (and can expect)

What will happen in the labour market in 2020? What kind of personnel will complete their education this year? How is the process of adult education carried out? What do the enterprises do in this situation? How will the career platform work? The answers to all these questions will be presented at the HR conference.

5 March: Visit of the business delegation from Nevada (US)

There will be a presentation of business opportunities for cooperation, Nevadan and Slovenian business environments as well as a few good practice examples of enterprises that have already established themselves in Nevada. The conference will be followed by discussions between the participants. The conference and discussions will be held in English without interpretation.

10 March: Business breakfast: “India Surging Ahead: Opportunities for Slovenian Companies”

On the initiative and in cooperation with Embassy of India in Ljubljana, the CCIS is organising a business breakfast during which business and investment opportunities for Slovenian companies in India will be presented.

12 March: Awards of the CCIS

For the 52nd time, awards for extraordinary economic and entrepreneurial achievements will be presented by the CCIS. The event in honour of the award winners will be dedicated to learning. It will tell the story of the individual’s learning pathway - from childhood curiosity and learning from books to the more complex understanding of values and human relationships.

23-28 March 2020: Business visit of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada

The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Slovene Enterprise Fund are organising a business visit of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada in March 2020. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and SPIRIT Slovenia are also involved in the preparations. The purpose of the visit is to link Slovenian enterprises with the Canadian market (establishing contacts with foreign enterprises, economic and governmental institutions) in the areas where there is a potential to increase the cooperation and, in this way, promote internationalisation and export orientation of the SMEs. One of the key considerations is to use the potential introduced to Slovenia and Canada by CETA.

 

DATA SECTION

More overnight stays in 2019 mainly due to a larger number of foreign tourists

According to the Eurostat data, there were 15.9 million overnight guests in Slovenia in 2019, which is 1.6% more than in the previous year. Among them, there were 11.5 million foreign tourists, which is a 2.9% increase, while the number of domestic guests decreased for 1.7%. As for the EU, the number of overnight stays in 2019 surpassed 3.2 billion, which is 2.4% more than in 2018. The number of stays has been constantly increasing since 2009. In 2019, all EU-28 states recorded a growth of overnight stays (except for Greece and Malta, which experienced a 3% decrease). The biggest increase of overnight stays occurred in Slovakia (+12.6%), Lithuania (+10%) and the Netherlands (+6.8%). The highest number of stays was recorded in Spain with 470 million tourists staying overnight, followed by France (446 million), Germany (436 million), Italy (433 million) and Great Britain (375 million). Among these countries, the number of stays in 2019 increased the most in Great Britain (for 5.7%), then in Germany (for 4%), Italy (for 0.9%), France (for 0.8%) and Spain (for 0.5%).

Online sales are increasing and changing consumption habits

The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia observed that 21% of Slovenian enterprises generated a part of their revenues with online sales (the number for the EU-28 is 17%). In 2019, 52% of employees and freelancers in the enterprises (with at least 10 employees) used a computer with access to the internet. In the EU-28, the average is slightly higher, namely 55%. Today, technologies enable us to collect large amounts of data (e.g. Internet of Things, access to the processing power in the cloud to teach the machine learning models, development of AI algorithms, etc.). Each user of these technologies leaves behind a digital trail, and thus, creates new data. This data is then collected for various purposes, for example to increase customer satisfaction. The enterprises gain information about behaviour patterns, clicks, number of views of products, and based on this, they create personalized advertisements, develop new business models or services. Last year, 83% of enterprises with at least 10 employees built their online presence thanks to their websites, while this share in the EU-28 was 78%. The share is higher in service activities than in production activities.

Below you will find some statistical data for Slovenia:

Growth rates in % - in comparison to the same period of previous year

Latest data

GDP – real growth

2.0

3.q 2019, S.A.*

GDP – forecast for 2019**

2.6

Jan. 2020

Consumer prices (HICP)

2.1

Jan. 2020

Export of goods

4.1

Dec. 2019

Import of goods

11.2

Dec. 2019

Industrial production (manufacturing)

1.0

Dec. 2019

Retail sales w/o motor fuels (real)

1.0

Dec. 2019

Construction (real)

-8.4

Nov. 2019

Exchange rate EURO/USD

1.1100

Jan. 2020

Diesel (EUR/liter), VAT incl.

1.193

Valid from Feb 11th, 2020

*seasonally and calendar adjusted
**Eastern European Consensus

Riko